New research identifies distinct patterns of masturbation satisfaction in women and men
New research provides insight into how the frequency of women’s and men’s masturbation is related to their sexual satisfaction. The findings, published in the Sexual Behavior Archivesindicate that masturbation often serves a additoinal function for women but plays a compensatory role among men.
“One of the reasons I got so interested in the subject of masturbation is its enormous potential and its many benefits,” said study author Nantje Fischer, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oslo. “Masturbation is perhaps one of the simplest sexual activities.”
“You can go it alone. This means you don’t have to find a sex partner or negotiate your likes and dislikes. As such, it’s a free and effortless way to manage your sexual desires. Another huge benefit of masturbation is that it is a safe sexual alternative without any risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection or unwanted pregnancy.
“Of all sexual behaviors, masturbation seems most often motivated by pleasure, or at least the release of tension,” Fischer told PsyPost. “Masturbation is important for sexual development in that it provides the opportunity to learn more about one’s own body and sexual response, which in turn helps to negotiate a more rewarding sexual experience with partners. “
“Masturbation can be a way to satisfy sexual needs later in life when people are widowed and may have difficulty finding a new sexual partner or if your partner has become ill. Due to its many benefits, it has been argued that promoting masturbation is a way to promote sexual health.
For their study, the researchers interviewed a sample of 4,160 Norwegians between the ages of 18 and 89. They found that 66% of women and 84% of men said they had masturbated in the past month. Most women said they masturbated two or three times a month. Most men, on the other hand, said they masturbated two or three times a week. “It’s very common to indulge in sexual self-pleasure,” Fischer noted.
The researchers conducted a cluster analysis to identify subgroups of individuals. The largest cluster, comprising 33.1% of the sample, was characterized by both high masturbation frequency and high sexual satisfaction. The second largest group, comprising 31.5% of the sample, was characterized by down masturbation frequency but high sexual satisfaction.
The third cluster, comprising 18.7% of the sample, was characterized by high masturbation frequency but down sexual satisfaction. The smallest cluster, comprising 16.7% of the sample, was characterized by both down masturbation frequency and down sexual satisfaction.
Women and men with frequent pornography use were more likely to belong to the group characterized by high masturbation frequency and high sexual satisfaction. Women with greater sexual variety and higher intercourse frequency were also more likely to report high masturbation frequency and high sexual satisfaction.
The “findings support a complementary model for women, as it implies that frequent solo sex improves partnered sex and is more prevalent among adults with a sexualized personality model,” the researchers said.
However, among men in both high masturbation groups, frequent pornography use was associated with sexual dissatisfaction. Among men with high sexual satisfaction, those who reported having more frequent partnered sex were less likely to belong to the group characterized by high masturbation.
“This finding supports a compensatory pattern in men, as it suggests that masturbation is considered unnecessary if one is having highly satisfying and frequent sex with a partner,” the researchers explained.
Not surprisingly, the researchers also found that sexual distress, negative body image, and negative genital self-image were strongly linked to sexual dissatisfaction. Interestingly, however, the relationship between negative genital self-image and sexual dissatisfaction was observed only among male participants.
“The fact that men’s genitalia play a significant role in defining masculinity in terms of appearance (eg, penis size) and performance (eg, erection) could explain the influences of sex. men’s genital self-image on their sexual satisfaction,” the researchers said.
“Despite all of the benefits, solo sex has been largely overlooked as a relevant sexual behavior, and we still know surprisingly little about how solo sex is associated with sexual satisfaction, well-being, and happiness. pain relief,” Fischer said.
The study, “A Seemingly Paradoxical Relationship Between Masturbation Frequency and Sexual Satisfaction,” was authored by Nantje Fischer and Bente Træen.